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BIOLOGICAL EVOLUTION AND VERTEBRATE BIOLOGY - UNIT BIOLOGICAL EVOLUTION
EVOLUZIONE BIOLOGICA E BIOLOGIA DEI VERTEBRATI MOD. EVOLUZIONE BIOLOGICA

BIOLOGICAL EVOLUTION
EVOLUZIONE BIOLOGICA

A.Y. Credits
2015/2016 6
Lecturer Email Office hours for students
Maria Balsamo

Assigned to the Degree Course

Date Time Classroom / Location

Learning Objectives

The course aims at providing students with basic information on the mechanisms of evolution, starting from the historical bases of evolutionary research up to concepts that are object of active, current scientific debate.

Program

Origin of evolutionary principles: from the ancient Greece to Seven hundred. Eight hundred:  birth og the modern evolutionary thought. Darwin and Wallace: descendance with modification; the theory of natural selection. Modern Synthesys:  the neo-darwinism. Evolution today: the post-darwinism.
 
Evolution as a fact: evidences for evolution. Creationism and ‘intelligent design’.
 
The conceptual model of evolution: concept of adaptation, Convergence and parallelism. Sexual selection.
 
Population genetics: genetic variability and its measurement. Concept of darwinian fitness.
 
Evolution at various levels: molecular, genomic, phenotypical. Evo-Devo. Epigenetic heredity.
 
Species and speciation: several approaches to the species concept. Isolation mechanisms and models of speciation. Phyletic gradualism and punctuated equilibria. Microevolution and macroevolution. Symbioses and coevolution. Evolutionary radiations and extinctions.
 
Evolution and phylogeny: cladistics or phylogenetic systematics. Methods for reconstructing phylogenies. Biological evolution of Homo sapiens.
 
Modern synthesys towards an extended evolutionary synthesys?

Bridging Courses

No propaedeutical courses are officially requested, even if the course arguments require the knowledge of elements of animal biology, vegetal biology, genetics and ecology.

Learning Achievements (Dublin Descriptors)

Acquisition of the historical bases of research on biological evolution. Knowledge of mechanisms and processes of biological evolution at various levels.

Teaching Material

The teaching material prepared by the lecturer in addition to recommended textbooks (such as for instance slides, lecture notes, exercises, bibliography) and communications from the lecturer specific to the course can be found inside the Moodle platform › blended.uniurb.it

Supporting Activities

Workshops on specific evolutionary aspects will be planned in agreement with students.


Didactics, Attendance, Course Books and Assessment

Didactics

The course will be taught mainly through lectures, interactive as possible.

Slides of the course will be made available and educational and bibliographic materials will be provided, also in a foreign language, in electronic or printed form, for further self-training and exercises, followed by group discussion during lessons.

Seminars on specific topics will be held.

Attendance

No obligation.

Course books

Course text:
Ferraguti-Castellacci 2011. Evoluzione, modelli e processi. Pearson Italia, Milano-Torino.


Reference texts:
Ridley 2006. Evoluzione. La storia della vita e i suoi meccanismi. McGraw-Hill.
Kampourakis 2014. Understanding evolution. Cambridge Univ. Press.
 
Bibliographic and didactic material, aldo in foreign language, will be provided on hard and electronic support for studies in detail and self-training exercises.

Assessment

Oral examination on the arguments of the programme and/or discussion of a relation focussing a specific topic, subject to agreement with  the teacher.


Additional Information for Non-Attending Students

Didactics

Slides of the course will be made available and educational and bibliographic materials will be provided, also in a foreign language, in electronic or printed form, for further self-training and exercises, followed by group discussion during lessons.

Seminars on specific topics will be held.

Attendance

No obligation.

Course books

Course text:
Ferraguti-Castellacci 2011. Evoluzione, modelli e processi. Pearson Italia, Milano-Torino.
Reference texts:
Ridley 2006. Evoluzione. La storia della vita e i suoi meccanismi. McGraw-Hill.
Kampourakis 2014. Understanding evolution. Cambridge Univ. Press.
 
Bibliographic and didactic material, also in foreign language, will be provided on hard and electronic support for studies in detail and self-training exercises.
 

Assessment

Oral examination on the arguments of the programme and/or discussion of a relation focussing a specific topic, subject to agreement with  the teacher.

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